Army submits inquiry report on Adarsh scam

Army has submitted its Court of Inquiry report in the case to the Defence Ministry.

Last Updated: Mar 23, 2011, 21:02 PM IST

New Delhi: After probing the role of its
officials including a serving Major General in the Adarsh
Cooperative Housing Society scam in Mumbai, the Army has
submitted its Court of Inquiry report in the case to the
Defence Ministry.

The CoI was ordered by Army`s Pune-based Southern
Command to investigate the role of Maj Gen Ram Kumar Hooda and
various other officers for issuing No-Objection Certificate
(NOC) to the private housing society to construct a
31-storeyed complex on a plot in Kolaba.

Hooda was the Mumbai-based area commander for
Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.

"The CoI was completed and submitted with the Defence
Ministry last week," Defence Ministry sources said.

In the report, the Army has stated that the land on
which the controversial building was constructed belonged to
it and the NOC was issued to private builders in violation of
rules, they said.

The 104-apartment society got embroiled in a
controversy after the navy had raised concerns over security
as the building over-looked important military installations.

On December 9 last year, Defence Minister A K Antony
had ordered a CBI probe to fix responsibility of the armed
forces and defence estates officers in the housing scam.

He had asked the CBI to look into the circumstances
under which a `No Objection Certificate` was issued to the
housing society to construct the 31-storey building on a piece
of land, which was in the "de facto" possession of the Army.

The probe agency was also asked to investigate into
the commitments made for allotment of flats in the society for
Kargil widows and martyrs` families.

Former army chiefs Gen Deepak Kapoor and N C Vij,
apart from former navy chief Admiral Madhavendra Singh had
flats allotted in their names in the housing society.

Soon after the scam came to light, the defence
ministry had asked the Army, Navy and the defence estates to
submit a report on the issue.

The preliminary findings of the ministry`s probe
brought out "criminal conspiracy" at the local level in army
and defence estates to give up the land, which was in army`s
possession till 1999-2000, in favour of the housing society.

PTI